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A chance for fallen rugby ace.

Three years ago rugby star Dale Burn was on the verge of playing for Wales. Today, he is a convicted criminal ordered to carry out 180-hours' unpaid community work. It's a spectacular fall from grace by any standards. But as the judge rightly pointed out, perhaps some good can come from Burn's humiliation and shame. He has much to contribute to the game and can turn his personal embarrassment towards coaching the potential Welsh rugby stars of the future.

Too often community service is used as a substitute for crowded prison cells, with criminals who should be behind bars performing mundane tasks that benefit no-one.

This is not one of those occasions. Recorder Patrick Harrington has given Burn a chance to make amends and redeem himself. It is an opportunity the former player would do well to take.: EVERY married couple remember their wedding day as one of the most special occasions in their lives.

But not many husbands and wives can look back on a police escort from their service to the reception led by the mounted division and motorcycle outriders.

Thats what Thelia and Peter Stunnell will recall when they flick through the photo albums of their big day, breathing a huge sigh of relief that the police and the Angel Hotel came to their rescue.

Their unconventional wedding video from police CCTV footage showing the mile-long procession to the city centre should prove amusing viewing for many happy years to come.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 29, 2007
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